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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Arthur Waldron
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's thinly veiled criticism of Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea has angered Beijing's leadership and quietly pleased Asian countries concerned about China's expanding military power.
"At some point, actions, in this case Chinese, force reactions," Mr. Waldron wrote in an e-mail. "[The U.S. has] allies in the region for whom suddenly being washed or surrounded by Chinese territorial waters would come as a shock. So [the U.S. has] the unattractive choice of doing something, or doing nothing and losing [its] allies and [its] reputation."
International relations specialist Arthur Waldron of the University of Pennsylvania said that behind the Chinese statements are Beijing's long-standing efforts to assert sovereignty over 1,423,000 square miles of South China Sea territory, giving it control over potentially rich oil and gas deposits and strategically important shipping lanes.